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Video: Frida Kahlo (rare footage)

A montage of short clips of Frida Kahlo set to Esa Noche a song by Café Tacuba. We see Kahlo working in her studio, as well as talking with her husband Diego Rivera and posing with her lover Leon Trotsky.

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Frida Kahlo in 1932, photographed by her father.

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (1907 – 1954) was a Mexican painter, best known for her self-portraits. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience.

Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as naïve art or folk art. Her work has also been described as surrealist, and in 1938 André Breton, principal initiator of the surrealist movement, described Kahlo’s art as a “ribbon around a bomb”. Frida rejected the “surrealist” label; she believed that her work reflected more of her reality than of her dreams.

Kahlo had a volatile marriage with the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, many caused by a traffic accident she survived as a teenager. Recovering from her injuries isolated her from other people, and this isolation influenced her works, many of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” She also stated, “I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.”

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Self-portrait with Monkeys (1940)

7 comments on “Video: Frida Kahlo (rare footage)

  1. Clotilde sofikitis
    July 2, 2015

    She lives in me. She lives in our hearts! To see this, is to Love! Thank you.

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  2. rodolfo.art
    June 12, 2015

    What a treat! What a beauty! What a talent!

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  3. Pingback: Live Footage of Frida Kahlo, Artist | simply wunderbar

  4. hms18152012
    June 8, 2015
  5. Giacomo Cordova
    June 6, 2015

    Davvero interessante!

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  6. Luz Vega-Hidalgo
    June 6, 2015

    Thank you, this is pure beauty,,,pura belleza

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  7. mariarosa78
    June 6, 2015

    Reblogged this on mariarosa78.

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